A Year in the Life of a Striped Skunk

  • Mom & Dad conceive a baby.

    Mom & Dad conceive a baby.
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    SPRING

  • Blossom is born!

    Blossom is born!
    She's born deaf and blind and only drinks milk for her first 45 days.
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    SUMMER

  • Blossom is weaned & leaves the den with Mom.

    Blossom is weaned & leaves the den with Mom.
    In the Summer, Blossom and Mom eat insects, small mammals, fish, cand rustaceans. They must live within two miles of fresh water.
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    FALL

  • Blossom & Mom eat leaves, nuts, and mice.

    Blossom & Mom eat leaves, nuts, and mice.
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    WINTER

  • Mom teaches Blossom how to eat carrion.

    Mom teaches Blossom how to eat carrion.
  • Blossom goes out on her own to find a mate.

    Blossom goes out on her own to find a mate.
    Since it's Spring, Blossom is eating the young grasses as well as any insects, fish, crustatceans, or baby rodents that she finds.
  • Blossom had her first litter!

    Blossom had her first litter!
    Dad is looong gone.
  • Blossom dies of old age when she's 13.

    Blossom dies of old age when she's 13.
    Skunks live 4-13 years. Her actual date of death was May 13, 2026. :(